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Ltu logo.svg
Founded 1955
Frequent flyer program topbonus
Member lounge LTU Lounge
Fleet size 26
Destinations 3 (crew and aircraft also used on all 123 destinations of Air Berlin)
Parent company Air Berlin
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people Helmut Weixler (CEO)

LTU Lufttransport-Unternehmen GmbH was an airline based in Düsseldorf, Germany.[1] The parent company of LTU is Air Berlin. The initials stand for the German phrase LuftTransport-Unternehmen ("air transport enterprise"). It operated scheduled services on medium and long-haul routes, as well as charter services. Its main bases were Düsseldorf International Airport and Munich International Airport. In November 2007 LTU opened the third base Berlin-Tegel International Airport.[2] LTU finally merged with Air Berlin on 1 May 2009.



LTU was established in May 1955 as Lufttransport Union and started operations in Frankfurt. It adopted its present name in 1956 when it operated charter flights. LTU has been headquartered in Düsseldorf since 1961.[3]

LTU ran very popular USA routes from its Düsseldorf hub and directly competed on some of them with Lufthansa, Germany's flag carrier. LTU did run well frequented services from Düsseldorf to Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai but they were dropped.

The airline was owned (at March 2007) by Intro Verwaltungsgesellschaft (55%) and Marbach Beteiligung und Consulting (45%) and has 2,892 employees.[2]

In March 2007, Air Berlin took over LTU International, creating the fourth largest airline group in Europe in terms of traffic. Between them, the airlines carried 22.1 million passengers in 2006. The takeover was driven by the prospect of branching into long-haul operations and the chance to establish a stronger presence at Düsseldorf International Airport. LTU will retain its name on its leisure routes but routes to the United States and China will be branded by Air Berlin. [1]

On 1 May 2007, LTU operated the first Arctic & North Pole Sightseeing Flight from continental Europe in aviation history for their charter customer Deutsche Polarflug. The flight took 12h55m and the aircraft, an A330-200 took a group of 283 passengers from Düsseldorf via Norway, Svalbard, The North Pole, Eastern Greenland and Iceland back to Düsseldorf.

LTU opened a third long-haul base (to add to Düsseldorf and Munich) at Berlin-Tegel International Airport in October 2007 when it based a single Airbus A330-200 there to launch flights to Bangkok, Punta Cana and Varadero.[4]

Air Berlin announced in 2008 that the trademark LTU will no longer be used. All flights are now named Air Berlin.[5]


Since May 1, 2009, all flights have Air Berlin flight numbers and crew. The LTU planes are used throughout Air Berlin's network. See here for the full list of Air Berlin destinations.

Additionally, LTU offered some dedicated seasonal sightseeing flights (without landing) around the North Pole (see Deutsche Polarflug), all flights are now flown by Air Berlin flight numbers and crew.


LTU Airbus A330-200
LTU International Airways Fleet now merged with Air Berlin
Aircraft type Number in fleet
Airbus A320 12
Airbus A321 1
Airbus A330-200 10
Airbus A330-300 3

The average age of the LTU International fleet was 8.2 years.

All aircraft are painted in Air Berlin colors and fly for Air Berlin.


  1. ^ "Kontakt." LTU International. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 107. 2007-04-03.  
  3. ^ "About LTU." Air Berlin. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
  4. ^ "LTU base". Airliner World: p. 9. August 2007.  
  5. ^ „Air Berlin stellt Nutzung der Marke LTU ein“ (german) (29. Juli 2008)

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